Batting average, Slugging Percentage, OPS, Strikeout Rate (Batter) - Miguel Andújar
Miguel Andujar was acquired from the New York Yankees late into the 2022 season. A former Rookie of the Year finalist, Andujar has battled countless injuries over the past five years. The corner outfielder spent most of his season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he ranked as one of the Pirates' best minor league hitters.
Through 465 plate appearances, Andujar batted .338/.404/.536. Of the three triple-slash numbers, Andujar led Pirates minor league hitters in two of the three, that being batting average and slugging percentage. He also had the best OPS (on-base plus slugging). Andujar struck out at an 11.8% rate, which was another best among Pirates minor league players. Overall, he had a strong .411 wOBA and 135 wRC+.
Andujar's outstanding season at Triple-A Indy earned him another look in the Majors for the Bucs in September. He only appeared in 54 plate appearances but had 16 hits, including eight extra-base hits (six doubles, two homers), walked four times, and only struck out in eight trips to the plate. He also posted a hard-hit rate above 50% at 51.1%.
Andujar's outstanding season at Triple-A, as well as his strong end to the 2023 campaign, puts him in contention for a bench spot next year. He'll likely compete with Connor Joe for the 1B/LF/RF role. While Andujar has yet to play any first base in the Majors, the Pirates put him at the corner infield position for 257.1 innings at Triple-A this year. Andujar has no options left like Joe, which gives him a potential edge if it comes down to these two.